PETAA Professional Learning


Pathways to continual professional growth: register and find courses

PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution. PETAA will liaise with member schools to find the resources, direction and expert support to help you achieve your learning goals.

Online professional learning, follow the links adjacent or in the full list of courses below to register
Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each. Open from 27 February to 1 April 2019.

Teaching Visual Literacy with Multimodal Texts

This short online course is designed to provide you with a glimpse of the Australian Curriculum: English related to multimodal texts, to hear some ideas for how to think and talk about multimodal texts, and take part in some suggested literacy teaching and learning activities using multimodal texts. Open from 1 April to 6 May 2019.

Australia and Asia: Global Words in the Primary Classroom:

This course based on a three-part video presentation by educator, teacher and global citizenship advocate Rod Yule focuses on teaching persuasion texts, multimodal literacy, and reading comprehension strategies in the primary classroom, within the context of a global perspective. Open from 13 May until 24 June 2019.

A new way to develop a learning community in your schoolDesigning a professional learning program for your school

The best professional learning journeys start with research. Plan with PETAA expertise. In consultation with your school, PETAA will design and offer a program:

– to suit the needs and priorities of your school
– as an ongoing series of school-based workshops
– for a community of schools
– at open sessions (3-hour to full-day) at various venues.

Get more information about school-based professional learning including PETAA Special Delivery — a new way for primary school executives and leaders
to develop a learning community in your school.


‘I was profoundly inspired by the content and the organisation on the day ... I feel very passionately about the need for teachers to be continually informed of educational research findings and their instructional implications and thought your conference provided an excellent opportunity for this.’ Jessie Ross, Primary School Class Teacher, WA ​

Accredited courses delivering high-quality teacher professional learning for all

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In order to ensure the teaching community have the expertise, professional knowledge and leadership in English and literacies across the curriculum, PETAA provides high quality, nationally recognised and academically rigorous professional learning which bridges theory, research and classroom practice.

Presented by leading academics, educational consultants and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA courses cater for all teachers across different contexts and career stages. To cater for an increasingly diverse primary school educational community, PETAA courses are delivered via a range of modes for broad teaching communities or can be tailored for smaller groups and individual school’s learning needs.

Go to our Authors and presenters profiles page to meet (via videos and information) some of the leading academics and education consultants who work closely with PETAA to deliver high-quality publications and professional learning.

PETAA Members receive a 35% discount on Professional Learning (with 50% discount for students), and membership is a requirement for access to our online learning courses. Discover the many other benefits.

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An ONLINE workshop for members only, presented and  moderated by Dr ROD CAMPBELL

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom.The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each.
Part 1: Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Part 2: Advanced... Details
When: February 27 – April 1, 2019
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THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
A KINDERGARTEN TRILOGY  presented by ROBYN WILD

Perfect for all Kindergarten and Early Childhood teachers- a three part course on play, reading and writing in Kindergarten. Participants will hear how the Early Years Learning Framework, in conjunction with the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, can work together to support young ... Details
When: March 7–21, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW

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Presented by  DR KAYE LOWE  Author of FOR THE LOVE OF READING
This workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling readers.
The workshop is about motivating disinterested students to engage with reading and writing.
It explores how to... Details
When: March 28, 2019
Where: WHALAN, NSW
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An online workshop for MEMBERS ONLY.
Presented and moderated by JENNIFER ASHA

This short online course presented by Jennifer Asha is designed to provide you with a glimpse of the Australian Curriculum: English related to multimodal texts, to hear some ideas for how to think and talk about multimodal texts, and take part in some suggested literacy teaching and learning activities using multimodal texts.


While the interactive course content is here on the... Details
When: April 1 – May 6, 2019
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Presented by DR GRACE OAKLEY and JANET FELLOWES
Spelling is an aspect of literacy that is vital. Proficient and confident spellers are more able to write texts with precision and fluency, and are thus more equipped to achieve across the curriculum, as well as having a more positive attitude to writing. In order to spell well students need to learn how to strategically use knowledge about phonology, orthography, morphology and etymology. Spelling is also a visual activity that... Details
When: April 3, 2019
Where: APPLECROSS, WA
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Presented by ANNETTE GRAY
This workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy from the AC:E with direct references to NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10. Participants will:
* gain knowledge of grammar at clause, sentence and whole text level
* understand the features of effective writing
* understand the different literacy demands made in different subject areas
* learn how to teach writing... Details
When: April 4, 2019
Where: ORANGE, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: April 4, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: April 5, 2019
Where: KENTHURST, NSW
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Presented by Dr KATHERINE BATES
Participants will take away research based knowledge about teaching phonemic, phonological and graphological skills, along with strategies that contribute to developing their own teaching methods repertoire that is explicit, contextual and embedded in a literacy block.
In this 5-hour course, participants will:
*Explore theoretical underpinnings and approaches for teaching phonics from phonemic and phonological awareness (hearing ... Details
When: April 8, 2019
Where: MENAI, NSW
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Presented by Dr AMANDA LLOYD
DEVELOPING LITERACY  THROUGH NATURE AND STORY PLAY IN OUTDOOR LEARNING  provides teachers with an opportunity engage with English curriculum activities. The course is completed in an outdoor environment and the activities are completed to enable teachers to experience nature pedagogy, within literacy building activities, for themselves. Teaching strategies for outdoor learning will be modelled throughout the course, with the aim that teachers can ... Details
When: April 30, 2019
Where: MT ANNAN, NSW
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Presented by ANNETTE GRAY
A broad, rich and constantly growing vocabulary is a powerful component of students’ literacy and learning success. The correlation between vocabulary knowledge and literacy success is well-established, with vocabulary responsible for up to 80% of comprehension. Successful instruction is that which has as its primary goal the understanding of new concepts, not just new words (Nagy 1988), and is context and meaning-based within the fundamental... Details
When: May 2, 2019
Where: WHALAN, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: May 6, 2019
Where: BRADDON, ACT
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PETAA MEMBERS ONLY
Presented by ROD YULE moderated by JENNIFER ASHA
This three-part video presentation by educator, teacher and global citizenship advocate Rod Yule focuses on teaching persuasion texts, multimodal literacy, and reading comprehension strategies in the primary classroom, within the context of a global perspective.
The course provides learning opportunities in relation to:
* Strategies for teaching persuasive texts using multimodal... Details
When: May 13 – June 24, 2019
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Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and Dr KATHY RUSHTON.
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. Objectives... Details
When: May 27 – September 16, 2019
Where: ST IVES, NSW
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Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and Dr KATHY RUSHTON.
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. Objectives... Details
When: May 29 – September 18, 2019
Where: CAMMERAY, NSW